Wigan Chief Hails Tomkins Selection

Wigan Warriors chairman Ian Lenagan has hailed Tony Smith’s choice of Sam Tomkins as scrum-half for tomorrow’s Gillette Four Nations match against Australia at DW Stadium as an inspired selection.

The 20-year-old engage Super League Young Player of the Year has played most of 2009 at stand-off but switches to the No 7 jersey alongside Danny McGuire of Leeds in a move his club chairman believes will make a telling difference.

“It’s Hallowe’en tomorrow and Sam is just the player to give us the magic we need to beat Australia,” said Lenagan.

“I’m sure he’s going to be a massive presence for England on Saturday. The national team needs a player with that special ability to break the line and with McGuire playing alongside him I have great expectations.

“Sam fully deserves his call up and I think Tony Smith has done exactly the right thing. Sam scored a hat-trick against Wales two weeks and was given a break last week when Richie Myler played against France.

“He’s going to be really up for this and with him in the team England are going to get a massive lift from some of the most passionate fans in the game.”

Tickets for tomorrow’s Gillette Four Nations game between England and Australia at DW Stadium, Wigan (2.30 kick-off) are still available and prices start from £20.

To purchase tickets please call 0871 66-33-552. Tickets can then be collected from the DW Stadium ticket office from 9.30am on Saturday.

Fans collecting tickets are advised to arrive early to avoid congestion at the ticket office.

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